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Old 05-22-07, 07:40 PM   #1
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Skaters love to pass bikes

Check this thread out from a skating forum..Chasing bikes.

http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...ead.php?t=1944

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What is there to get excited about when passing a schlub on a 3 speed. I had a wonderful run a few weeks ago with some middle aged folks who were cruising about 21-22. I find that folks frequently get gassed about it. It makes if fun for everyone when that happens.
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Old 05-22-07, 07:48 PM   #2
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18 mph on skates? Wow, I had no idea. Still, it ain't enough to catch me by a long shot.
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Old 05-22-07, 08:00 PM   #3
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I got passed by some rollerbladers, but at my weight and level of riding, I only felt a little bad about it... those two were fit and moving good... one day... one day...
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Old 05-22-07, 08:50 PM   #4
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My best times on the trail are only when there is a bike to chase. I know I can beat any mountain bike, or any Sunday family type biking group, but young whippersnappers in skinsuits on high tech road bikes, I can’t even get close. So I look for older men, women, on road bikes, or younger guys on the weird Recumbent touring bikes.
More power to 'em. They should, however, take note that most of the 'fast' cyclists are on the open road not on a MUP.
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I was in a 25mph paceline on very slight incline (rolling terrain) and we were passed by a skater who dropped us as we hit 30 down the next decline.

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Yikes. I saw skaters in Toronto head down some really steep hills on narrow roads with lots of traffic. Made me damn nervous! I don't know how they do it...
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Old 05-22-07, 10:17 PM   #7
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Yikes. I saw skaters in Toronto head down some really steep hills on narrow roads with lots of traffic. Made me damn nervous! I don't know how they do it...
most people call them having iron balls but they have a harder time stopping and their reaction is hindered by speed
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Yikes. I don't know how they do it...
I've used these skates to hit over 60 mph!

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Cool find.

It looks like skaters and cyclists have something in common...everyone hates DOGS!
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One wonders how well they can drop cyclists going up a hill.
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Someone there seems to think bent riders are slower. LOL
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I paced a blader going 15MPH once. Another time I was out with my wife and I dropped a blader and took off up a hill and when I got to the stop sign at the top, I stopped to wait for her, and the blader was halfway up and moving fast. He got to me and said he thought he was about to puke. My wife said after I passed him he started skating aggressively.
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Often see very fast bladers on Beach Drive in DC. Much of the road is closed to cars on weekends, so it becomes a 25 foot wide mup.
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I've used these skates to hit over 60 mph!

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I hope you had a Kevlar suit or something...that's pretty cool.
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I've used these skates to hit over 60 mph!

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Proof that crazy is relative!
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Old 05-23-07, 01:51 PM   #16
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I think a lot of the posts in that forum are very positive about cyclists.
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Old 05-23-07, 02:29 PM   #17
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Sounds like me chasing cars.
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Old 05-30-07, 10:34 AM   #18
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This was a good post about skaters chasing cyclists through Central Park..


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WoW guys I have been chasing bikes for the best part of my life, I would say, I think this is a great way of getting your speed up, I do love thhe look on their faces when they see you come behind them, I think most of them have a superiority complex, one really great biker in central park once told me to be chased by a skater for them was as bad as being chased by a woman on a bike!
that is why I love to stick it to them, I chase them in central park all the time, I always DO ASK BEFORE I DRAFT THOUGH, I think is the best way to go at it, a lot of them look uncomfortable, but once you ask them if they dont mind you drafting them, then they look back at you with a smile in their face and say SURE, sarcastically and then pick the pace, so they say sure but they mean, you wont! so I make it a point not to let them drop me for anything in the world!
the last time I chased a biker that was exactly what happened, and I said I am going to chase this biker even if I die! so he looked back and picked up the pace, He was flying on the flats and the downhills, I mean he was hamering and he was killing me, usually it is a lot easier to chase bikes on flats and downhill and it is almost imposible to stay with them uphill, so he looked back once again before the big hill in Central Park and said we were just going 32 MPH on the flat, and I was like Ok I am ready to drop anyway, and I said to myself if this u guy is going that fast on the flat he is going to anihilate me in the hill, so we started going uphill and I notice that this guy wasn't a good climber at all, so I passed him and told him, come on... his look was priceless I pushed the pace really hard from then on and he could not catch me, I stoped at the end of the lap and he stoped to chat with me, He was amazed how fast we could go and for how far! it is good I think most people see us speed skater and marble at us!

I love chasing bikes and encourage every skater to do it, just please be corteous, remember they have the right to not want to be drafted!

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Old 05-30-07, 10:39 AM   #19
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I think it would be fun to offer a skater to hang on my wheel to catch a draft. Something memorable and to laugh about on the next Sunday ride. Why not?
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WOW. I had no idea they were that fast. I think it's great.
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I think it would be fun to offer a skater to hang on my wheel to catch a draft. Something memorable and to laugh about on the next Sunday ride. Why not?
That reminds me of something slightly similar I saw on America's Funniest Home Videos. 2 kids were in their backyard, where it was kinda wet and muddy. One boy was on a dirt bike (the motorized kind), and the other was holding onto the bike just above the read tire. The first boy would ride around slowly, pulling the other boy who would slide around water-ski style behind him. Got the idea? Well, the second boy's feet started sliding out in front of him. Instinctively trying not to fall, he held on to the bike, but his feet kept getting farther ahead of him until his groin got caught between the top of the rear tire and the bike frame, complete with a small cloud of white smoke.
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Why would I want to pass or be ahead of a cute gal skater? I'm more than happy to just let them lead me...anywhere they want.
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Dont' see how they could . They take up the whole frickin road. ( In Line.) How can we pass. Hate to sound anti skater, personally, guess I am not. But, one time i sort of saved an in line skaters azz. I was riding down a secondary road in Oceanside. I could not pass the guy , he skated from side to side as much as he skated ahead.
So, some motorist could not pass either. He was fuming. He finally passed and got ahead of the skater. So he got in his face and found a way to stop the skater. Called him names about his sexual orientation. Then , threatened to beat his azz. The skater got defensive and wanted to fight the motorist. THe motorist seemed really violent. I feared he might be a redneck with a weapon. Should not have, might have turned on me. ( I sort of kept my distance, but still watched the proceedings.) Got out my cell phone. The potential fight ended.
Do in line skaters have to skate with such in such a wide swath. He was sort of in everybody's way.
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Do in line skaters have to skate with such in such a wide swath. He was sort of in everybody's way.
Was it this guy? He also uses up a lot of real estate. But he looks so damn cool when he's doing it!
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Seems like a pretty nice group to me, often nicer than bikers.
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